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Prejudice or discrimination in favour of heterosexuals (1) and against homosexuals (1). It first appeared in a paper given to the National Council of Teachers of English in San Francisco in 1979 by the US linguist and English teacher Julia Penelope (born 1941). Compare ableism, ageism, ethnocentrism, fattism, racism, sexism, speciesism. heterosexist n.

1 One who practises or advocates heterosexism. adj.

2 Of or relating to heterosexism. [From heterosexuality + Greek -ismos indicating a state or condition, on the model of words such as racism]

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